“I saw the Angel in the Marble and Carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo
A version for writers could be “I saw the Story in the Manuscript and Edited until I set it free.”
It’s always a relief for me to get that first draft down and begin shaping, chiselling and crafting it into the story I envisage. I like to critically fork over every word, sentence and paragraph.
“Rewrite and edit until you achieve the most felicitous phrase / sentence / paragraph / page / story / chapter.” – Annie Proulx